Un­de­feated run leads to Bow­ers Cup ti­tle

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - RUGBY

Mata­mata has won the Bow­ers Cup and the team play­ers and coaches have even more rea­son to cel­e­brate, as it’s the first time Mata­mata has won the ti­tle since 1996.

Bow­ers Cup, spon­sored by Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours, is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive level com­pe­ti­tion for in­ter­me­di­ate age boys un­der 45kg.

Coached by Josh Aarsen and Kerry Bal­som and man­aged by An­drea Collins, Mata­mata won the fi­nal af­ter play­ing un­de­feated through­out the tour­na­ment.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions over the five-week tour­na­ment, Mata­mata sent the op­pos­ing team home with no points on the score­board, such as the case with South­ern Reds 36-0, Tri­tons 45-0, Te Awa­mutu 36-0 and Cam­bridge 22-0.

Aarsen said this year the team in­cluded three Year 6 boys Jack Edge­combe, Xavier Bell and Flynn Morey who stepped up to play well with the older boys and ‘‘full credit to them they played well’’.

‘‘I was im­pressed with the tal­ent of the boys and re­ally be­lieved they could take out the com­pe­ti­tion. I think it was more than out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual play­ers, it was an out­stand­ing team ef­fort and they have been a fan­tas­tic bunch to coach,’’ he said.

Cap­tain Ree­gan Aarsen and vice cap­tain Conor Good­win led their team with con­fi­dence and pride. .

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For the first time since 1996, Mata­mata has won the Bow­ers Cup and did so un­de­feated.

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